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Journalist and director of arts and culture for the city of Detroit Rochelle Riley interviews author Marie Benedict.

  • Added: Jun 15, 2019
  • Length: 54:30
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Poet Rob Carney discusses his collection, The Book of Sharks. He also recites several poems from memory.

Bought by Spokane Public Radio and Yellowstone Public Radio


  • Added: May 28, 2019
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 2

  • Added: Jun 13, 2018
  • Length: 02:00
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National Poetry Month continues with this special reading by Kansas Poets Laureate, Past & Present. In part one, the current holder of the post, Ke...

Bought by WNJR


  • Added: Apr 18, 2018
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 1
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Go to the doctor and they won’t begin to treat you without taking your history — and not just yours, but that of your parents and grandparents befo...

  • Added: Jan 09, 2018
  • Length: 58:00
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The poet Christian Wiman is giving voice to the hunger and challenge of being religious now. He had a charismatic Texas Christian upbringing, and w...

  • Added: Jan 03, 2018
  • Length: 58:00
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We often find ourselves talking to poets and writers about the vivid connections between art and faith. This special hour came out of a live collab...

  • Added: Dec 21, 2017
  • Length: 58:00
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Along with George Orwell, the 20th-century political theorist Hannah Arendt is a new bestseller. She famously coined the phrase “the banality of ev...

  • Added: May 17, 2017
  • Length: 58:00
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For more inspiration to carry us into the new year, we go "Back to the Writing Well," this time to hear from writers Elizabeth Gaffney, author of t...

Bought by KRZA, WNJR, WNJR, and WMUU-LP


  • Added: Dec 30, 2016
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Michelangelo's David
Painter, sculptor, architect, engineer, and poet - how can one man be so many things? And what did he keep in his basement?

Bought by KVSC and WABE


  • Added: Jun 01, 2016
  • Length: 16:09
  • Purchases: 2
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Love Harry Potter? You'll love the tale of a different sort of wizard school.

  • Added: Sep 15, 2015
  • Length: 20:19
Caption: Marsha Mason
Marsha Mason (4 time Academy Award nominee) and Steven Boyer (Tony nominee for HAND TO GOD and regular on TV's "Trial and Error") star in TASHA WA...

Bought by WHRV, Oregon Public Broadcasting, and KUNM


  • Added: Jun 11, 2015
  • Length: 53:00
  • Purchases: 3
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Fiction writer Charles Baxter reveals some of his motivations for writing short stories and novels. In this interview in front of an audience at th...

Bought by WNJR


  • Added: Nov 20, 2014
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 1
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A historian raises questions about the morality of the archival process and reveals how the NSA may change the future of history research.

  • Added: Oct 29, 2014
  • Length: 12:39
Caption: The Pantages Theater in Los Angeles, decked out for the 1959 Academy Awards, Credit: UCLA Library
In honor of the Academy Awards, BackStory heads to the movies! With Oscar-nominated movies like "12 Years A Slave" bringing the antebellum United S...

  • Added: Feb 28, 2014
  • Length: 54:00
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Doris Stengel grew up on the North Dakota prairie, and then moved to the woods and lakes of Minnesota. She's been a high school teacher and has men...

  • Added: Feb 14, 2014
  • Length: 02:12
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Kristen Egan walks us through a creepy utopian novel from 1915, and explains why environmentalism and eugenics went hand in hand in the early 20th ...

Bought by New Hampshire Public Radio, Radio Newark, PRX Remix, and KFAI


  • Added: Oct 07, 2013
  • Length: 06:50
  • Purchases: 4

  • Added: Sep 06, 2012
  • Length: 02:56
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A new chapter in the Godfather will be published later this year. The author speaks with us about the experience, what's in store for the Corleone...

Bought by WABE


  • Added: Mar 19, 2012
  • Length: 29:01
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Rebecca Fisher is the author of "All the Wrong Places," a novel based on her time living in a mortuary
Imagine living in one of the quietest places possible, a place where you can hear a pin drop. A place where no one else is living but you. A mortua...

Bought by PRX Remix


  • Added: Aug 03, 2011
  • Length: 07:42
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Author Ann Patchett
An hour long reading and interview with Ann Patchett recorded in front of a live audience at the Portsmouth Music Hall in June, 2011.

Bought by WCAI / WNAN


  • Added: Jun 29, 2011
  • Length: 53:30
  • Purchases: 1
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Ask people why they write and you'll hear many reasons. Here are some I hadn't expected.

  • Added: Feb 03, 2010
  • Length: 03:00
Caption: Orville, Katharine and Wilbur Wright, Credit: Library of Congress
Why you've never heard of the Wright Brothers' sister, Katharine.

  • Added: Apr 14, 2009
  • Length: 29:00
Caption: ZZ Packer, Credit: Marion Ettlinger
Contemporary short stories, performed by two prize-winning young women writers. ZZ Packer has "Brownies," about violence that brews when white girl...

  • Added: Mar 19, 2009
  • Length: 56:17